General Motors can be credited as having introduced the first "dream car" of concept cars with its introduction of the 1938 Buick "Y-Job". In addition,
during the 1950's, GM held a series of car shows known as Motoramas where designers could show their futuristic cars. These dream cars set the world stage
for cars that were brighter, faster, and larger and capturing the public's imagination. The creator of the Y-Job, Harver Earl, was GM's star designer and he encouraged
the best from designers around the world.
Honda Motors was the first Japanese auto manufacturer to develop luxury cars and go on to compete sucessfully in the world market. The 2005 Honda FCX concept car was an example of
Honda's futuristic styling for cars to come online. The FCX introduced a car with an all-aluminum body, four-wheel drive, liquid-crystal sun visors, and no fewer than four air bags.
Honda was preparing for the future when car safety standards were going to be seriosly questioned.
The Honda Insight hybrid car had the same flowing lines of the FCX but was actually based on another Honda concept car, the J-VX, that was featured at the Tokyo Motor Show
in 1997. The Honda Insight became the first hybrid car sold in the North American continental, beating out the Toyota Prius by a few months.